renee-conoultyMy third guest to arrive today is Renee Conoulty. Renee is a blogger and a reviewer, plus she’s  just published her debut novel. I’m pleased to see that Renee is holding some Tim Tams. She’s brought them because, in her own words, “They’re for all the poor non-Aussie’s who’ve never had the pleasure of sucking tea or coffee through a chocolate coated biscuit – Tim Tam orgasms for everyone!” (Fabulous, I’ll take two!) Renee’s also brought her favourite swing music playlist. She’s offering to teach us all to swing dance. Thank goodness Chris Daniels had to leave. (Last seen heading for the gym.) Here are Renee’s Q&As.

What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you? The first book I remember reading all the way through, all by myself, was The Story of Pookie. It was a little blue clothbound edition that belonged to my mum when she was little. She’d given it to me to read and I was so proud to get the whole way through, even though it was after my bedtime and I was supposed to be asleep.

What are you currently reading? That changes on a day by day basis. Today, I’m listening to the audiobook of Bright Side by Kim Holden that I bought last year sometime. I’m in the mood for an angsty new adult tear jerker.

What’s the best advice you have ever received? Smile and nod. Let people give you their advice, people like to think they’re helping, but that doesn’t mean you have to take it. Only take the bits that suit you.

Describe your best ever holiday. My first trip overseas was my most memorable holiday because is also combined my wedding and honeymoon. I had a destination wedding in Thailand.

What do you think is the best thing about social media? The best thing is the network of authors and bloggers I’ve met online who have been so supportive and encouraging through my blogging and writing journey.

And the worst…?! The trolls. I haven’t had to deal with them often though.

What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in? Chocolate. It goes perfectly with a book or a movie.

What’s your signature dish? Potato bake. I make it (as per hubby’s request) with lots of cream and cheese, all purpose seasoning, and a drizzle of honey.

 Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why? I prefer Faceboook. I struggle with 140 characters and find it easier to be part of a larger conversation on Facebook.

Thanks, Renee. Your potato bake sure does sound tasty. I can see why your husband requests it.

If you thought Llainy had come a long way, then you really will be amazed at the distance Renee’s covered today. Checkout her website HeySaidRenee (such a great name) and you’ll see what I mean. Australia!


renee-bookRenee’s debut novel has the catchy title, Don’t Mean A Thing. 

Good luck with it, Renee. 🙂

We’ll be back on Monday. Please do pop by and see who else is joining us and what we’re all getting up to.

Check out my full guest list here.


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